UP bats for equality with WVT now known as just Fighting Maroons

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 31, 2020 05:27 PM
UP bats for equality with WVT now just Fighting Maroons
(Photo by Arvin Lim)

The University of the Philippines will be fighting a fight bigger than volleyball in UAAP 82.

The Lady Fighting Maroons are no more as Diliman's women's volleyball team will, from this point forward, be referred to as, simply, Fighting Maroons.

State U's official social media accounts have already reflected the change as all profiles now read "UPWVT Fighting Maroons."

Whether that be on Facebook:

On Twitter:

Or on Instagram:

This, after years of also carrying "Lady" in the monicker.

The reason, of course, is bigger than volleyball. "Equality. Equality po na mapababae, mapalalaki, Fighting Maroons lang kami dito sa UP," stalwart Isa Molde said.

She then continued, "Parang, 'di na naman po kasi kailangan pang may 'Lady.' Lahat naman, pantay-pantay lang."

Partner-in-crime Tots Carlos could only agree. As she put it, "Ever since naman kasi, we're pushing na it's UP Fighting Maroons, not Lady Maroons. UP itself, it doesn't have any gender, pero nalagyan ng gender (sa monicker)."

She then continued, "Sa men's, hindi naman kailangang 'Men Maroons,' 'di ba?"

Along with gender equality, the Fighting Maroons are also only determined to live up to the qualifier in their monicker. "We're trying to change the motto na puro fighting lang. We want to implement the winning attitude, the winning mentality," team captain Rosie Rosier said.

She then continued, "The fighting should change to winning."

It remains to be seen if the maroon and green women's volleyball, indeed, transforms from "fighting" to "winning" Maroons just like their counterparts in men's basketball.

In terms of forwarding gender equality, however, they are, without a doubt, already winners.

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